|Charles Amirkhanian Concert at 1750 Arch on KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series, 1973 - Charles Amirkhanian|
Beginning in 1972, KPFA Radio broadcast weekly on Friday nights over high quality phone lines from a lovely home in North Berkeley owned by baritone singer Thomas Buckner. The address and name of the concert hall and record company was 1750 Arch Street, and many brilliant composers and performers made this 49-seat hall the place to be in Northern California to hear classical music of all periods with an emphasis on the contemporary...
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Spoken Word; KPFA-FM; Charles Amirkhanian; 1750 Arch Street
|A Program on Fylkingen, art center in Sweden, from KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series, 1971 - Charles Amirkhanian|
FYLKINGEN: Revolutionary music and technological art center near Stockholm, Sweden. This program deals with the revolutionary music and technological art center near Stockholm, Sweden, called Fylkingen. Included in this program are examples of linguistically-oriented experimental music, called by the Swedes "text-sound compositions." Note: Language Warning Charles Amirkhanian explores the "text-sound" compositions of the forward thinking FYLKINGEN art center...
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Documentary; Text-Sound Composition
|Charles Amirkhanian: Oratora Konkurso Rezulto - Autoro de la Jaro (Portrait of Lou Harrison, 1970) - Charles Amirkhanian|
An original text-sound composition by Charles Amirkhanian, produced at the KPFA studios with the sounds of the voice of Lou Harrison, recorded in his home in Aptos, CA, by KPFA Chief Engineer George Craig. Amirkhanian composed a cut-up text in Esperanto, a favorite language of Harrison's. Many of the phrases were taken from a contemporary newspaper in that international language. Also intruding from time to time are ambient sounds of Mr...
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Avantgarde
|Elder Statesmen of American Music: Ernst Bacon, Otto Luening, Leo Ornstein, Dane Rudhyar, Nicholas Slonimsky, and Virgil Thomson - Charles Amirkhanian|
This program of Elder Statesmen of America include Ernst Bacon, Otto Luening, Leo Ornstein, Dane Rudhyar, Nicholas Slonimsky, Virgil Thomson. Each of these octogenarian began their careers when no recognizable "American" classical music existed. Each of them (as of 1981) still were actively working on their craft. All have, in their individual ways, advanced the cause of modern American music. Producer Charles Amirkhanian traveled the country to collect materials for audio portraits of these "El...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Documentary; Avantgarde
|Hut Harsh Mutt Marsh (Early Text-Sound Works by Charles Amirkhanian) - Charles Amirkhanian|
Compositions which fall between the media of music and poetry. Includes Radii, EEYvYUSS, Dactl Dactl Mther Mther Mther Bongg Bongg Frgid, Each'll, Sniro and If In Is. A March 29, 1972 KPFA broadcast, just before Amirkhanian's first trip to Europe where he worked in the studios of Swedish Radio, courtesy of Fylkingen, to make works for the 5th annual festival of text-sound composition. Please note: the commentary track is deliberately altered and treated itself as a compositional element of the p...
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Avantgarde
Downloads: 512 (1 review)
|The History of Sound Poetry: An Introduction - Charles Amirkhanian|
Charles Amirkhanian traces developments in 20th Century text-sound composition, including recorded examples by such historical figures as Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann, Ernst Toch, Gertrude Stein, Mauricio Lemaitre, François Dufrene and Henri Chopin. More modern examples of American work follows. Production of this program funded by the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission.
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Documentary; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic
|Charles Amirkhanian's "Son of Metropolis San Francisco" performed at Other Minds 11, 2005 - Charles Amirkhanian|
Son of Metropolis San Francisco (1986; 1997) by composer Charles Amirkhanian performed at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. OM11 presents a 60th birthday tribute to Other Minds founding artistic director Charles Amirkhanian, featuring the San Francisco concert premiere of his radiophonic tape piece, Son of Metropolis San Francisco. The work is a part-abstract, part-representational audio snapshot of idiosyncratic Bay Area sounds, ranging from...
Keywords: tape collage; musique concrete; Concrete Music
Downloads: 961 (1 review)
|Radio Visions: The New Consonance, 1981 - Charles Amirkhanian|
The New Consonance Starting in 1969, Charles Amirkhanian was the first radio producer to broadcast substantial quantities of music by first generation minimalist composers. His early interviews with Steve Reich, John Adams, Paul Dresher, Laurie Anderson, Lou Harrison, and others form the basis of this fascinating exigesis of the sea change in contemporary music brought on by the use of consonant harmonies, steady pulse, and hypnotic repetition...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Electronic; Documentary; 20th Century Classical
|History of New Music Los Angeles - Charles Amirkhanian|
Highlights of contemporary music in the City of Angels from the New Music Society of 1925 to New Music America, 1985 a 60 year heritage of profound significance! Henry Cowell, born in Northern California, was the catalyst for all that was new and outrageous in new music in Los Angeles in the 1920s. His October 22, 1925 concert at the Biltmore Hotel there, underwritten by Aileen Barnsdall, is considered the birth of new music in southern California...
Keywords: New Music; Documentary; Motion Picture Music
|Interview with Alan Rich, former KPFA Music Director, 1972 - Alan Rich, Charles Amirkhanian|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with one of KPFAs former Music Directors (1953-1960) who left to become music editor of New York Magazine. Mr Rich was in the Bay Area to report on activities of both the San Francisco Opera and the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART). He published a book on the future of the orchestra and is the author of Music: Mirror of the Arts. Recorded Saturday, November 11, 1972 in Berkeley.
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
|Charles Amirkhanian & Anthony Gnazzo: William Panda with Back Mark to Martyre - Charles Amirkhanian & Anthony Gnazzo|
A collection of collaborative sound pieces for radio by Anthony Gnazzo and Charles Amirkhanian. This program has sensitive language. We hope you are a sensitive listener.
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Spoken Word; Electro-Acoustic/Electronic; Anthony Gnazzo; Charles Amirkhanian
|John Cage Obituary on KPFA Radio, August 12, 1992 - Charles Amirkhanian, KPFA|
John Cage's obituary on KFPA Radio by Charles Amirkhanian, August 12, 1992. The sudden death of John Cage as he approached his 80th birthday came as a shock to many. The day the message came to KPFA from Laura Kuhn, Cage's assistant, the KPFA News Department held time for this report that was completed by Amirkhanian minutes before it aired. Later the circumstances were explained by Ms. Kuhn who had left the composer's apartment in NYC and reminded Mr...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Documentary; 20th Century Classical
|Brian Eno Interviewed on KPFA's Ode to Gravity, 1980 - Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno|
Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Popular Music; Brian Eno
Downloads: 11,986 (7 reviews)
|Lou Harrison Interview with Charles Amirkhanian, 1975 - Lou Harrison and Charles Amirkhanian|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig to promote a series of Benefit Concerts scheduled during the summer of 1975 at the Center of World Music (2640 College Ave.). The features and uniqueness of the Center are discussed, and examples of music studied and performed there are presented via recorded music of Javanese gamelan, Chinese pipa, a selection from Harry Partchs The Letter, and a recording of Harrisons Canticle No...
|Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig Interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian, 1989 - Lou Harrison, Bill Colvig, Charles Amirkhanian|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with one of America's most distinguished composers, Lou Harrison, whose use of gamelan instruments and interest in other musics of the world helped bring an appreciation of Pacific and Asian music to the U.S. William Colvig has collaborated with Harrison for many years, building original and gamelan-inspired instruments. The program begins with Eric Marin's film documenting Harrison & Colvig, and continues with excerpts from Harrison's Piano Concerto (featuring Keith Ja...
Keywords: Interview and Music; Unconventional Instruments; New Music
|r i g i d f o x h o l e - Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman & Anthony Gnazzo|
This incurably bizarre program, somewhat reminiscent of John Cage's Indeterminacy, begins with "I had a hankering to shoot pins at Bartok." It features a mix of pre-recorded electronic and radio drama sound sources mixed with tape delay under readings of experimental texts by Charles Amirkhanian read by Carol Law, Anthony J. Gnazzo and Amirkhanian himself. Performed live in the KPFA studios, the writing is influenced by William Burroughs, Clark Coolidge, and Fluxus happenings artists Dick Higgin...
Keywords: Sound poetry; Anthony Gnazzo; Richard Friedman; Carol Law; Charles Amirkhanian; Fluxus; trenchermen; kitchen; Bartok; spitting
Downloads: 750 (1 review)
|A Visit With Maro Ajemian from KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series, 1970 - Maro Ajemian, Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman|
Ode To Gravity with Charles Amirkhanian, A Visit With Maro Ajemian (August 26, 1970). Internationally renowned pianist Maro Ajemian, her husband Lionel Galstaun, and KPFA's Richard Friedman and Charles Amirkhanian discuss the music of Komitas (1869-1935), an Armenian composer, performer, and musicologist, whose compositions are based on folk tunes of Armenia and set in the modes, rhythms, and harmonies of Eastern rather than Western (e.g...
Keywords: Folk; 20th Century Classical; Radio Shows